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Connecting to Data Sources with ADO.NET

Visual Studio .NET 2003

The following topics provide information about how to create and manage ADO.NET connection objects in Visual Studio.

In This Section

Introduction to ADO.NET Connection Design Tools
Provides an overview of connection objects and how to work with them.
Creating ADO.NET Connection Objects
Explains how to create connection objects on forms and components.
Creating Connections to SQL Server
Explains how to establish a connection between an application and a SQL Server database.
Creating Connections to Access Databases
Explains how to establish a connection between an application and a Microsoft Access database.
Creating Connections to ODBC Data Sources
Explains how to establish a connection between an application and an ODBC data source.
Creating Connections to Oracle Databases
Explains how to establish a connection between an application and an Oracle database.

Related Sections

Adding New Data Connections in Server Explorer
Explains how to create design-time connections in Visual Studio, which you can use to browse available data sources.
Connecting to a Data Source Using ADO.NET
Lists topics in the .NET Framework documentation that describes how to create and manage connection objects programmatically.
Configuring Applications Using Dynamic Properties
Provides conceptual information about storing property values in a configuration file that can be changed at run time, which is particularly useful for connection information such as server name and user name.
Connection Pooling for the .Net Data Provider for SQL Server
Provides instructions on how to manually manage connection pooling if you are using the SqlConnection class.
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